Grace looking to finish the season on a winning note
Report by David Brenchley
Page last updated at 1:27PM BST, Friday, 21 April 2017
The Charlton women’s are raring to show what they can do as they prepare to face FA Women’s Premier League South winners Tottenham Hotspur three times on the bounce.
The women’s team have already been beaten twice by Spurs in the space of a month, going down 1-0 in the FAWPL South in Thamesmead before losing 3-1 in the Ryman Cup final at Cheshunt FC.
They travel back to North London for the reverse FAWPL South clash looking to inflict Spurs’ first league defeat of the season on Sunday, before facing them in two more cup finals – the Capital Cup at Wingate & Finchley FC and FAWPL Cup at Stevenage FC.
And centre half Grace Coombs says her side must prove they can mix it with their opponents, having let themselves down the last two meetings. “We know we haven’t done ourselves justice in either of the games that we’ve played against them so we know that we can still get better,” she said.
“But we’ve got to go and prove that because it’s all well and good us keep saying it to each other, but we’ve got to group together, go out, do it and show everyone that we are a lot better than what we’ve shown against them so far.
“We were quite disappointed with how we defended last time because we have defended really well recently and kept clean sheets against some good teams.
“But we’ve got to learn from our mistakes; we know that they’ve got strengths and they punished us when we were maybe a little bit weak for 10 minutes and that ultimately lost us the game. We’ve just got to use it as motivation for the next games now.
“We would love to win the Premier League Cup again – we’ve done it before and we all know what the feeling’s like. And to take it off [Tottenham, the current holders] would be great. We want to win every game that we’ve got left.”
After a tough 2-0 victory away to Lewes in their last game, Coombs and her side have set themselves the target of finishing the season on a high, with just two matches left – their last being away to C&K Basildon.
Whilst their chance of winning the FAWPL South may have fallen by the wayside, second place is still up for grabs in what is a tight division.
She added: “Spurs have got a good lead on everyone now and we don’t want to seem like we’re that many points off of them because we know we’re not deep down.
“We’ve thrown away silly points this year and we’ll learn from that for next year but we want to keep ourselves in and amongst that as much as possible. We still want to finish as high as we can, whether that’s second if possible.”